Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Please see below a list of our frequently answered questions. If you have any further questions you wish to discuss, please do not hesitate to get in contact.

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How do I know if my child’s speech, language and communication skills are developing appropriately for their age?

All children develop at their own rate and achieve milestones at different ages. There is, however, a recognised pattern of development, and for further age-related information about speech, language and communication development, please see the link below:

Does my child need to be referred by my doctor?

No. Speech and language therapy services offer an open referral system meaning that parents/carers can make a direct referral to Speaking Sense. Please get in contact should you wish to discuss this further.

How long will my child have to wait to have the initial assessment?

Appointments can generally be made within two weeks of the referral.

Can my child have private speech therapy if they are also seeing an NHS therapist?

Yes, children are able to access services from both the NHS and private sector. Your entitlement to NHS therapy is not compromised by accessing private therapy.
It is good practice to work in partnership with NHS therapists to ensure continuity of care and best outcomes for your child. I will seek your permission to liaise directly with your NHS therapist.

Where will the speech and language therapy sessions take place?

This is your choice and may depend on the individual needs of your child. I am happy to see children either in their own homes or at nursery/school. Please get in contact to discuss the best option for you and your child.

How long do sessions last?

An initial assessment may take between 60 and 90 minutes depending on the nature of your child’s difficulties. It may be more convenient and appropriate for the assessment to be completed over more than one session and this can be discussed further at the free initial consultation. A therapy session is generally 45 or 60 minutes in length, dependent on your child’s age, and will include individual therapy followed by discussion with you about how you can continue your child’s learning between sessions.

How many speech and language therapy sessions will my child need?

Following assessment, we will discuss the number of sessions which will be appropriate and this is flexible depending on individual need and family circumstances. Some families choose to have weekly sessions, whereas others may be seen on a fortnightly or monthly basis.

How can I help my child?

Your involvement in your child’s development is crucial. Following the assessment, I can provide specific advice and activities to support your child’s speech, language and communication development. Should therapy be indicated, you are encouraged and supported to be part of the sessions so you will feel more confident in continuing your child’s learning between these.
You may also like to visit the Useful Links section on this site which signposts you to more general advice about supporting children’s speech, language and communication development.

Will you liaise with other professionals working with my child?

Yes. I believe that working as part of a multi-disciplinary team supports your child in maximising their potential, and with your consent, I will make every effort to achieve this partnership working.

How can I verify your professional status?

On request I will be happy to show you written proofs of qualifications and professional membership.

Can I use private healthcare insurance to pay for the sessions?

Yes you can, though you will need to pay Speaking Sense and then claim the money back directly from your insurance company. An invoice can be provided on request.